The most positive area of growth in local education that I’ve noticed evolving in the last couple of decades has been the increasing emphasis on the arts in our schools. No longer viewed as merely extracurricular, the arts are recognized as a vital and hugely important part of a rich educational experience, the benefits of which will continually flourish and enfold throughout a lifetime. Awakening and encouraging the budding creative spirit that resides in all young minds reaps endless rewards to the individual and by extension the world. Thank goodness, we live in an area that continually celebrates the arts, and promotes not just the established artists, but the young, blossoming ones, as well.
Next Tuesday, May 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., I hope the whole community will come out to Ashawagh Hall to support the children of Springs in “Celebration of the Arts,” a student art show reception highlighting the Visiting Artist Program at Springs School. It will be a wonderful visual show that will also feature the students’ films accompanied by refreshments. The show will be on display from May 7 to 9.
Sometimes, it truly does take a village, and to keep this valuable program going support from the community is needed. Luckily, so many local businesses have stepped up to offer attractive prizes for the big raffle to raise money toward paying the artists to work at the schools. Everything from gift certificates at the Golden Eagle, Gurney’s Inn and Spa, various restaurants, nine Guild Hall tickets, to a free week at a couple of the local day camps, have been donated as prizes. Tickets are $5 each and $20 for a group of five, and can be purchased by stopping into the Gold Eagle in East Hampton, The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett, Round Swamp Farm, and through Colleen McGowan at the Springs School. The drawing will be held at the Spring Concert on May 21 with prizes conveniently delivered to those winners not in attendance. The Visiting Artist Program is led by Ms. McGowan, a Springs School art teacher, assisted by Sue Ellen O’Conner, and supported greatly by a large group of Springs’ parents.
Also, coming up this weekend at Ashawagh Hall is a new art show “Mixed Media Plus” featuring the works of over a dozen familiar and well-known local artists. The reception is Saturday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. with gallery hours Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.
The more I move along writing this column, the more it dawns on me that the Springs Community Presbyterian Church really is the little church that loves to cook! Nearly every week, it seems that the group of culinary enthusiasts who attend this church offer another enticing meal to the public. This Saturday, the ever comforting, so not surprisingly popular Meatloaf Dinner will be held at the church that is located at 5 Old Stone Highway from 5 to 7 p.m. Homemade meatloaf, gravy, potatoes, salad and dessert will be served at a cost of $15. It sounds like a delicious and hearty offering, so save the date and your appetite. Take-out is also available.
Oh my goodness, it suddenly occurred to me that I began writing this column last April… an entire year has flown by! For me, it has been a moving experience. Having begun in the spring, the time of renewal, it prompted me to reacquaint with old stomping grounds which for years caused my insides to overflow with a painful longing for loved ones who passed away long ago. My mom and sister have an all-encompassing, powerful presence here in every gentle breeze, ray of sunshine, budding flower, blade of grass, drifting cloud, in everything so achingly lovely that it seemed too much for my soul to bear. Like so many of life’s unexpected surprises that found me once again residing in this hamlet , the ad looking for a Springs’ columnist appeared, and I knew it was for me. So you see, revisiting all of these special places, noticing the ways they have evolved and feeling thankful for how much has remained the same, has reawakened a nostalgia and released memories that are now welcome and healing to my heart. I’m looking forward to journeying through another cycle of seasons with all of you. Heartfelt thanks for all the warm support!